WRITER: Kathy Hanks

Homes: Couple find cozy bungalow, community in East Lawrence

After moving from a west Lawrence apartment to an East Lawrence bungalow, Kristen Allen and Jake Bellucci felt they had relocated to a different state. There was that much of a difference going from a contemporary apartment complex to a tree-lined, neighborhood just a block from Lawrence’s downtown. The small 1920s bungalow, at 1320 New Hampshire St., is their first home, which they purchased fully ...

Chris McDougall, author of "Running With Sherman," will be visiting Lawrence on Oct. 13, 2019.

A man takes a rescue donkey on a run and discovers a bonus of well-being for both of them

When Chris McDougall arrives in Lawrence to promote his new book “Running with Sherman,” he’ll leave Sherman, the donkey, at home. But, he’ll be running with anyone who wants to join him. McDougall's stop in Lawrence will be part run, part book talk because standing still for very long isn’t part of McDougall’s persona. The event begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Ad Astra Running, 734 Massachusetts St., ...

Buying a medical procedure online prior to visit now possible at LMH Health

Consumers in Lawrence can now shop and pay online for certain medical procedures at LMH Health, much like they do with airline tickets, with the hospital’s new partnership with MDsave. The online health care marketplace is geared to those who are uninsured, have high deductibles or health savings accounts. MDsave currently partners with several hospitals in the Kansas City area, as well as Wichita, Newton and ...

Lawrence woman learning how to cope with early-onset Alzheimer's disease

At first, Pam Major justified her forgetfulness and the errors made at work as typical symptoms of growing older. But she was only 61, and she wasn't the only one aware of her confusion. Her family and colleagues were seeing a change in the woman who had been — as she said — "a smart cookie." At the urging of a colleague, she underwent a neuropsychological evaluation, and in February she was diagnosed with ...

Go, See, Do: Gallery in the Lawrence Arts Center elevator, New York Elementary's 150th birthday and more

When visitors to the Lawrence Arts Center ride the elevator this weekend, they'll be entertained with a pop-up gallery inside. Artist Matthew Lord, the mastermind behind the “Elevator Project,” plans to greet passengers as they enter the elevator car and will give a quick performance as it goes up or down. On display in the car will be some of Lord's woodcuts — of grain elevators, naturally. “Most ...

Days may be warmer than average this fall, according to Climate Prediction Center

Autumn officially arrived Monday in Lawrence, veiled in fog and cooler temperatures. “It definitely feels like fall,” said Jenifer Prieto early Monday morning. Prieto is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka. Although the fall equinox signals the end of summer, this year it does not bring the end to summer temperatures. Prieto expects the daytime high temperatures through Sept. 30 ...

Lawrence homes: Sharing a roof works for this mother and adult daughter

There was one question Vicki Weseman and her daughter Leah Wisdom needed to answer before they bought a house together in Lawrence. “We had to decide: Could we live together?” Weseman said. After giving the idea some thought, they agreed that if they found the right house they could do it. What they were searching for was one house with enough room so they could maintain separate spaces. Weseman had been ...

Seniors benefit from gentle yoga whether on a mat or in a chair

Susan Rieger knows it’s impossible to change a person’s chronological age, but she believes it’s possible to slow down physical aging by practicing yoga. Connecting mind, body and spirit is essential to a person’s well-being at any age, according to Rieger, who spends a lot of her time teaching gentle yoga classes to many seniors around Lawrence. Whether it's Yoga for Everybody or Chair Yoga at the ...

Yoga classes plentiful around Lawrence; everyone 'will get something out of it'

From local gyms to Lawrence Parks and Recreation, yoga classes abound around town, but one yoga teacher considers the occasional class just a taste of yoga. “If you want a serious study of yoga, I recommend a studio," said Sharyn Harley, owner of OmTree Shala, 1405 Massachusetts St. Here in Lawrence, each yoga studio offers something different for the seeker of the physical, mental and spiritual practices ...

$145K national grant will help Watkins Museum of History continue telling the story of Douglas County

For several years, the staff of the Watkins Museum of History has been working on the third-floor exhibits in the iconic red brick building at 1047 Massachusetts St. In the large space, several of the exhibits are now completed and help tell the story of everyday life in Douglas County. Plus, thanks to a $145,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency that ...

Go, See, Do: Monarch tagging, a crash course in printmaking and more

Nature lovers of all ages can help researchers keep tabs on butterflies this weekend at Monarch Watch's annual fall tagging event. The local butterfly conservation group and the Jayhawk Audubon Society are hosting the event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Baker Wetlands Discovery Center, 1365 North 1250 Road. Morgan Glade, outreach director for the center, said visitors will be given instructions on how to ...

Lawrence clothing designer teaches kids a 'dying skill': how to sew; fashion show will highlight their work

It may not be Paris, New York or Milan, but models in Lawrence will be strutting down the catwalk, wearing the latest fall designs created by Catherine Bell and her students in celebration of Fashion Month. The "Color of Fashion,” a fashion show from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Springhill Suites Marriott, 1 Riverfront Plaza, will include both original designs and sewing projects from young students enrolled in ...

2019 Phoenix Award recipients to be honored for outstanding artistic achievement

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission has announced five 2019 Phoenix Award recipients who are being recognized for their outstanding artistic achievement in the community. Since the inception of the Phoenix Awards in 1996, not including this year, 157 local artists have been recognized for their work as sculptors, photographers, dancers, musicians, vocalists, educators, writers and literary supporters, ...

After more than a year of preparation, Westar Energy is ready to rebrand on Oct. 1

The postcards have been mailed, and billboards and other forms of advertising have helped spread the word that in a couple of weeks Westar Energy will be a thing of the past. Come Oct. 1, Evergy will be the new name — the result of the merger in June 2018 of Westar Energy, based in Topeka, and Kansas City Power & Light’s parent company, Great Plains Energy, which became the wholly-owned subsidiaries of ...

After three years, Senior Resource Center back in renovated building with full slate of activities, services

Staff members at the Senior Resource Center are calling the move back to 745 Vermont St. a homecoming. After three years away, they have finally returned to the downtown building where they had been housed for 40 years. The renovated building at the corner of Eight and Vermont streets was originally built in 1950 as the city’s public safety headquarters, with the police station on the east side of the ...

Cyberband joins forces to blend the sounds of Kansas' top musicians

Three musicians walked into the Lawrence Public Library Thursday for a recording session in the sound studio. Only Dan Stecklein would be recording on a tenor saxophone. Trumpeters Terry Moore and Chris Cruz had previously recorded their parts, but they were on hand to help Stecklein with the arrangement. Back in the late 1960s, the men had performed in bands with names like Spiders and the Crabs, The Soul ...

Lawrence bookstore owner receives Midwest Bookseller of the Year Award

Danny Caine, owner of the Raven Book Store, has been named Midwest Bookseller of the Year by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association. Caine was selected because of his extraordinary impact on his community, according to a news release from the association. “When a store gets it right, they find their voice and become a beacon for booksellers, publishers, authors, and readers locally and nationally. ...

Go, See, Do: For Your Ears Only sale, Lawrence Electric Vehicle Showcase and more

An electric violin, autoharps and Caribbean drums are among the wide selection of instruments that will be on available at the Kansas Audio-Reader Network's annual For Your Ears Only sale. “This is the most musical instruments we have had,” said Beth McKenzie, Audio-Reader’s development director. “Some are beginner models, and some have been really well cared for, never taken out of the ...

A growing number of seniors faced with food insecurity are relying on Lawrence food pantry

More and more senior residents of Douglas County have been relying on a Lawrence food pantry, according to Just Food's recently released 2018-2019 annual report. In the past four years, the pantry has experienced a 66% increase in the number of seniors served. “This is a significant number,” said Elizabeth Keever, executive director of the pantry at 1000 E. 11th St. She pointed to increased costs of ...

Abundant summer rain makes for bountiful harvest of jujube fruit and Asian pears

It’s a busy season at Jujube Orchard, where Gene Peng toils from sunup to sundown nurturing Asian pears, jujube fruit and chestnut trees, as well as a variety of Asian vegetables. Peng’s orchard, southwest of Lawrence at 1006 North 1116 Road, sells produce by appointment. Those interested should call 785-760-0733. People can pick the fruit themselves or Peng will help them. The Asian pears sell for $2 a ...